• Small Business University
  • Small Business University

    The Chamber Seminar Team presents Small Business University, a seven-series course taught by industry professionals to provide foundational practices to build and maintain a successful small business. Sessions can be purchased individually or as a seven-session course. For questions, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org                     

    Seven Session Series     Individual Sessions 
    available for a limited time     register by clicking the course below
    Chamber Members | $125   Chamber Members | $25
    Prospective Chamber Members | $199    Prospective Chamber Members | $35


  • 101: Business Plan Basics

    Presented by Stephen Hamilton, Lone Star College Small Business Development Center
    Date: Tuesday, January 16
    , 2018 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Receive quick and easy tips for writing your business plan and recommendations from an expert on how to use your plan to obtain financing, focus ideas, identify specific business objectives, and chart and manage growth.

  • 102: If You Kill Superman...What Happens to Clark Kent? Shielding you personally from business liabilities through entity formation 

    Presented by: Bret Strong, The Strong Firm, P.C.
    Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    The presentation will focus on helping business owners avoid or limit personal liability for business debts and obligations through the use of entity formations.  We will discuss the various types of entities available to business owners and address potential pros and cons of these entities.  We will also explore practical steps that a business owner can take to prevent an opposing party from "piercing the corporate veil" and other "housekeeping" matters beneficial for any business owner. 

  • 103: Understanding Your Financials 

    Presented by: Barry Blanton, Blanton Advisors
    Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

       •  Basic understanding of Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statements

       •  How to review the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statements

       •  How to organize the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statements (Chart of Accounts)

       •  Why doesn't profit equal cash?

       •  Why do I need to be interested in the balance sheet?

       •  Understanding Equity  

  • 104: 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Update

    Presented by: Jay Tompkins, MiddletonRaines+Zapata LLP
    Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
    Get the 2018 update on new tax law changes for business and individuals. We will cover the new 20% deduction and other changes that affect you. 

  • 105: HR for the HR Department of One (or None) 
    Presented by: Alan Bush, The Bush Law Firm
    Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Employee claims waste time and money. Get yourself squared away in advance to avoid an “Imperial entanglement” with federal enforcers – or worse still, plaintiff’s counsel. We’ll talk out the things you need to know from hiring, to performance management, to firing, to policies and agreements. Along the way, we’ll have a laugh or two. We don’t do boring.

  • 106: IT Solutions for your small business 
    Presented by: Steve Wright, Wright Business Technologies, Inc.  
    Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Small business owners / representatives will walk through each step of the IT process from the foundation to continuous best practices. Listen and learn about what our IT expert has seen firsthand, from wasted money to what is worth your investment. Hear real stories about how businesses stayed functional during a disaster and how your business should be set-up.  Also find out how IT should be a profit center for your business.  Unthinkable? Don't miss this one.

  • 107: Marketing for Small Business
    Presented by: Miguel Lopez, Executive Director, Lone Star College Small Business Development Center
    Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Marketing is one of the most important things you do in your business. How, when, and where to market and especially whom you will target are all things you and your employees need to figure out. In this class we will help you understand important considerations for your marketing approach including what makes your product/service unique, the difference between benefits and features and how to determine what is important to your customer. In addition, you will discover how to create a simple and practical marketing strategy based on tips and tools proven to work.
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